BU'S 2009 TALE Outstanding Teaching Award recipients named

For immediate release: April 20, 2009

BLOOMSBURG — The 2009 TALE Outstanding Teaching Award at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania will be presented to Michael Karpinski and Barbara Wilson, exceptionality programs faculty, at the spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 2. Each will receive a $750 professional development stipend, sponsored by the Bloomsburg University Foundation, and a plaque to recognize their achievement.

The award winners were nominated by members of the Class of 2009 and graduate students who will receive their degrees this spring. TALE - the Teaching and Learning Enhancement Center - has sponsored the award for 10 years.

Karpinski was nominated for his inspirational and dedicated acts, both inside and outside the classroom. He not only puts his students first, a nominator said, but he encourages them to get involved in the learning process. As a believer in high achievement, Karpinski pushes his students to the next level and helps guide them to educational success.

Nominators called Wilson's teaching style "enthusiastic" and "motivating." She is known for teaching demanding and difficult courses to help her students achieve success and, a nominator said, she encourages and aids students through each step of a project to reach their full potential.

Both Karpinski and Wilson will be honored during the afternoon commencement ceremony with students who are graduating from the College of Professional Studies and College of Business.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.